Queensland Police has resolved two technical issues that saw dozens of banned individuals granted entry to licensed venues across the state and several incorrect blue card 'working with children' checks occur.
Commissioner Ian Stewart said on Tuesday that the separate issues, one of which had lasted for seven months, affected the transfer of data between the force and other state government and national systems.
The first issue affected the system that deals with the transfer of court ordered and Bail Act banning notice data to the ID scanner network in pubs and clubs managed by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.
It meant that individuals banned from entering a licensed venue or Safe Night Precinct entertainment area were not detected over a seven-month period after July 2017.
Queensland Police said the issue had affected the transfer of 133 court ordered ban notices and 48 current bail conditions for Safe Night Precincts.
It has since transferred all data and conducted follow up investigations when a banned individual attended a licensed venues or entertainment areas.
A second technical issue affected the transfer of police data to a national system used for background checks over two months from last December.
It resulted in 26 incorrect results being issued, 17 of which were for the state’s blue card 'working with children' screening system. However, it said all instances were found to pose no risk to the community.
Stewart said on Tuesday that the affected systems had now been reviewed to ensure the technical issues had not put the community at risk.
“Immediate audits were conducted and fixes put in place to ensure these issues did not occur again,” he said.
“The community can be assured that systems have been put in place to not only fix these issues but to regularly monitor data flows to ensure there is no ongoing risk to the public.”